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Posts posted by Peckris

  1. 1 hour ago, Rob said:

    OK, thanks. I still can't see what they get out of it though. 12 months at a reduced price is reduced income in my eyes. Any projected figures 12 months down the line are immaterial, as in February they said they weren't going to increase prices - yeh, right. Probably worth staying put in case they only have contracts at double the going rate in a year's time. My steam powered phone is more than adequate for my needs.

    It's simply an exercise in tying you to them for a guaranteed 12 months. "12 times a lower price" is still considerably more than if you were to change supplier next month. They're simply buying your loyalty and guaranteeing a fixed income.

    It's the same principle as building societies offering a higher interest rate for a longer term bond : they can afford to pay out more knowing they have your money for a longer period. Whether or not you personally would ever have considered changing supplier or moving your money isn't a fact that accountants take into consideration.

  2. 24 minutes ago, Paddy said:

    I picked up a small coin cabinet at auction today - appears to be mahogany, so that is OK. Label on the back says "The Stamp & Coin Shop, 3 Norman Road, St Leonards-on-sea, SX." There is also a cipher - "N" in a circle and rectangle. Anyone know much about this maker/retailer?


    That's Peter Nichols - possibly the best known of the modern era cabinet makers?

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  3. 54 minutes ago, Gary D said:

    So unless the charity can control the whole food chain from hand to mouth they will be taken for all they can give.

    That's the whole crux of the matter. It's such a shame that 'charitable aid' can't work the same way as emergency services that go out to help those boys in  the Thai cave, and other similar situations.

  4. France did deserve to win, no question, but there is absolutely no way they should have gone in 2-1 up at half time : the free kick that led to the own goal was a joke - the Croatian player's hand lightly brushed the French player's torso - and the penalty should not have been awarded either - if there was any doubt after VAR (and there was plenty) then he should have stuck to his original decision, i.e. "umpire's call".

    England would have been hammered by that French team. How do you cope with Mbappé, and Pogba on song? (Let's hope that Mbappé fails to be signed by Man Utd.)

  5. 2 hours ago, 1949threepence said:

    I quote from Freeman's 1985 book at page 44 and the updated 2016 book, also at page 44, which clearly states under the heading "Reverse M (1881 to 1882):-

    "Similar to reverse J, but with the shield flat and heradically coloured".

    I'm not hallucinating or telling porkies, honest.

    My Freeman (first edition) says:

    Reverse M - Similar to reverse J (but then doesn't mention the convexity of the shield)

    Reverse N - ...the shield is no longer convex.

    I'm not hallucinating or telling porkies, honest!

  6. 1 hour ago, 1949threepence said:

    I agree, but I'm still slightly at a loss as to the shield on reverse M apparently being convex. 

    @secret santa says they have a convex shield (see posts towards bottom of previous page), whereas Freeman says they have a flat shield. Maybe there are certain ones that do have a convex shield - perhaps instances of the F114, but the F108 reverse M which I hold definitely has a flat shield. 

    Freeman doesn't mention a flat shield in relation to Reverse M - the implication being that it hasn't changed in that respect, but mentions that N now has a flat shield. I'm puzzled by your 1881 Reverse M having a flat shield.

  7. 38 minutes ago, DaveG38 said:

    According to FIFA England are ranked above Croatia, Columbia and Sweden, although not by much. Sorry, but I had to laugh at your comment about England's drawback being their inability to convert chances. The whole point of the game isn't to play well or have a good goalie/defence, its to score goals and that means converting chances. Its the key drawback - and as I said England failed, as they always do.

    Wrong. They failed but not "as" they always do. They normally fail without playing creative enterprising skillful football. They made a lot of friends this time round, and got further than they usually do. They simply didn't look like any England side of recent years, not even Glenn Hoddle's 1998 side. Aren't you just being a bit cynical? 

  8. 2 hours ago, DaveG38 said:

    Yes, other 'good' teams did poorly in this World Cup, but that is not relevant to how well England played and the results they achieved. Arguably, if some of those other teams had done better and England had to play them then they would have gone out at an earlier stage. As it is the only quality side England played was Croatia and they failed.

    Define 'quality'? I believe Sweden may be ranked higher than England. And Colombia aren't pushovers either. I actually thought England played very well - a lot of one-touch play which found the man, creativity and pace  going forward, a good goalie, and a very reasonable defence. The biggest drawback was their inability to convert chances into goals. 

    As for Croatia, they put out Argentina - Aguero, Messi, di Maria, Higuain, Mascherano, and all - so can't be considered lightly. As it is, England could have beaten them - indeed were looking likely to in the first half - if they'd put away a couple of chances; Croatia snaffled theirs and in the end 2-1 was fair enough, though it could easily have been 2-1 the other way, such is football.

    We would most likely have lost to France had we made it to the Final.

  9. 1 hour ago, 1949threepence said:

    With the Croatia game, it was obvious we needed a second goal. If we'd got that in the first half when we were on top, game over.

    But it wasn't to be.  

    Yes - the one single criticism I have of this England team is that they create lots of chances but put too few of them away.

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  10. 1 hour ago, DaveG38 said:

    I think we need to inject a dose of realism into assessing England's performance. Yes, they reached the semi-finals, and that represents a pretty fair achievement, until you start to look at the manner of their progression.

    Firstly, the win over Tunisia, a very average footballing nation, was close and not very convincing. Then there was Panama. Yes, a good thumping great score, but scarcely unexpected against such a third rate team. Next Belgium - the battle of the second teams. Even so, a 1-0 loss wasn't exactly a great result, but it did put England into the 'easier' half of the draw.

    From the group stage, England managed a pretty poor performance against Columbia, scraping through on the penalties - again hardly a convincing win. The Sweden match was better and the 2-0 win was deserved, but England weren't exactly playing a top team in Sweden, so winning was not a great achievement.

    When they did come up against some decent opposition, as they did for the first time in Croatia, they failed. Their second half performance was woeful, as was their play during extra time. Basically, they were outplayed by a very mediocre team. 

    In the Tunisia, Columbia and Croatia games they managed to turn a winning position into a losing or drawing one by slackening off and giving the appearence of thinking that the games were won.

    So, they did well to get where they did, but it was the easiest route with no real challenging teams to have to overcome. Based on this, I don't share the euphoria about the England performance as everyone else does. I don't think they were any better than earlier England teams - they just had an easier ride and a bit more luck. As I said in an earlier post, England never fail to disappoint, and this World Cup was no different really.

    Unfortunately one thing you've omitted - and this is important - is how poorly the 'big' teams did: Germany, Spain, and Argentina especially, and even Brazil. So before saying how easy it was for England (and yes, comparatively it was), there were so-called 'better' teams that did far worse.

  11. 14 hours ago, DrLarry said:

    i have asked myself that very same question many times it made no sense to me at all , other than the fact that there are no others until 1926 are there ?  I always assumed that is the only rational answer ....but I agree it is a very strange thing 

    The 1926ME (standard issue) penny is the only Modified Effigy mule. The 1925ME halfpenny came with a modified reverse, as did the 1926 farthing. The 1926ME silver is always paired with the older pre-ME reverse, but they are not considered mules as there was a whole new set of reverses in the pipeline, which were issued (mostly just as proofs) in 1927.

    The questions that have to be asked about  the 1926 penny issue are:

    1. Why was it such a small issue - 4m - after 3 years with no pennies at all, and a big issue planned with redesigned obverse and reverse for 1927?

    2. Why are most 1926 pennies of the older type, with the ME mule appearing at the end of its run?

    My theory accounts for both questions, but will have to remain theoretical in the absence of Mint documentation.

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  12. Just now, DrLarry said:

    oh really on two dates?  just goes to show there are so many things we have not yet discovered and as you say tip of the iceberg goers who is to say what someone might find !!! 

    Oh yes. There are several variants of 1922, at least one is probably unique, and a few extremely rare 1926MEs.

    The beginning point is to ask yourself : "Why was the 1926ME penny a mule?" No-one has ever come up with a definitive answer but I have a theory...

  13. Just now, DrLarry said:

    yes I am pretty much done with buying I have thousands to prepare and admire across the ages from staters to sixpences 3000 years of history is enough even for me ....I did find one of those funny old 1922's with the strange trident detached from the teeth the other day.  My modified 26's sadly would not rank high on my best of bunch 

    Haha. You've barely dipped your toe in the water. There's a whole book waiting to be written...

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  14. 13 hours ago, NRP said:

    I believe these gold proofs are undervalued in relation to US coins, a coin as rare as the 1927 halfcrown in gold would be nearer to a million dollars or more if it was a US coin.

    It's well known fact that Americans (apaart from members of this forum ;)) have more money than sense.

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